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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's
La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's
Price: $104.95 - $110.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So much potential.. quality could be better, July 18, 2013
At first was really jazzed with the hikeability of these shoes.. In general, it's hard for an approach shoe to be a good hiker and one that you can reasonably climb in. Really liked it, was able to climb 5.8 in it (just barely) however I'm only a 5.10 climber at best.

Big negative for me is the durability of the lacing system. The top 'leather' eyelets.. (actually the tabs that the lace system goes through) ripped out on the first substantial climb I attempted in them.

Contrast these with my Sportiva TC pros (Made in Italy) which are still going strong.

Sportiva, please bring your manufacturing back to Italy, and fix the suspect lacing system, and I'll buy another pair.

Looks like I'm going to check out the Ganda (pricier) but with real 'eyelets'

Returned these to REI and picked up a pair of Solomons. Not the same, but still a tried/true lacing system and they fit my feet well.


Pentax K-01 Mirrorless Camera, Yellow (Body only)
Pentax K-01 Mirrorless Camera, Yellow (Body only)
5 used & new from $426.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats the K-5 for the casual shooter!, March 20, 2013
My *only* complaint about this camera is the limitation of 1 FPS in RAW mode.
Outside of that it's got a better focus system than the K-5 (not the current K-5IIs).
It has a better video mode and is more portable when compared to a DSLR.

Compared to the K-5, the anti-aliasing filter is weaker as well, which makes this a great candidate for astrophotography (works with the O-GPS1 attachement as well!?)

Check out the Pentax forums for examples of what this camera can do, when pointed at the night sky.. amazing for just around $300!
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Check out the Dxomark Camera sensor ratings.. the K-5 is rated very highly.. this camera has the same sensor

With the recent firmware update, the K-01 focuses even faster. (as does my K-5) One other area this camera has over the K-5 (not sure about the K-5ii/s) is the focus tracking mode. I use this as a second camera to hand to another parent at kids sporting events, while I use the K-5 from a different angle/viewpoint. The fact that it works with every other lens in my camera bag is a huge plus and uses the same battery as the K-5.

Positives: Focus peaking, better focus tracking mode, weaker anti-aliasing filter.
Negatives: No viewfinder, No weathersealing, No High speed flash sync, 1fps in raw.
(the latter seems like it could be fixed in firmware? c'mon Pentax help us out!? :)

At less than $300 now (while they last) I may need to purchase another one!

Go to dpreview and compare the iso3200 samples of the K-01 with the Nikon D4, D800 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Pentax K-01 16MP APS-C CMOS Compact System Camera [Body] (Black)
Pentax K-01 16MP APS-C CMOS Compact System Camera [Body] (Black)
Offered by Electronics Basket
Price: $425.59
3 used & new from $258.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats the K-5 for the casual shooter, February 2, 2013
My *only* complaint about this camera is the limitation of 1 FPS in RAW mode.
Outside of that it's got a better focus system than the K-5 (not the current K-5IIs).
It has a better video mode and is more portable when compared to a DSLR.

Compared to the K-5, the anti-aliasing filter is weaker as well, which makes this a great candidate for astrophotography (works with the O-GPS1 attachement as well!?)

Check out the Pentax forums for examples of what this camera can do, when pointed at the night sky.. amazing for just around $300!
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Clocks
Clocks
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the Past!, October 5, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Clocks (MP3 Music)
I still have the vinyl. Used to spin this one at the high school dances. Lots of talented bands in Wichita KS back in the 80's If you like the Cars, Gary Neuman, Blondie, Devo and other new wave acts of the time, you'll enjoy this. Thanks for making it available in mp3 format!


Kodak EasyShare Z980 12MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD
Kodak EasyShare Z980 12MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD
6 used & new from $174.95

31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera for the price!, April 20, 2009
Being a diehard Canon fan, the last two cameras I've purchased have been Kodaks why?

Kodak 'Perfect Touch' technology, SMART Capture mode and HD Video. This camera takes some stunning photos and includes a great feature set for the money!
It has a true 'lcd' viewfinder. I had not realized how much I actually *missed* using a viewfinder from my film camera days.

Having a 24X zoom is incredible, for kids sporting activities, getting photos of wildlife etc: It's an incredible creative tool to have when you are out taking photos!

Camera controls are well laid out, menus are intuitive, and the in-camera panoramic mode is very good. One of the few cameras that will stitch the photos 'in camera' for you!

The only negative I have is the lack of a 'custom' white balance. This is a minor issue, as the built-in white balance settings seem to be quite good.

I have been impressed with this camera. I ended up purchasing it direct through Kodak's online store, but there are many avenues available.

It's a shame that Kodak does not get the airplay as some of the Japanese Mfg's. Their cameras are really nice for the money!

You can use Quicktime Pro (on the Mac or PC) to edit the movies. You can download the version from the Apple website quite inexpensively.

Overall, I am very impressed with this camera. As an owner of canon powershot "G" series cameras for a long time, this is saying something.
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Kodak EasyShare Z980 12MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD
Kodak EasyShare Z980 12MP Digital Camera + 8GB Deluxe Accessory Kit
Kodak EasyShare Z980 12MP Digital Camera + 4GB Accessory Kit
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Phoenix Rock II: Rock Climbing Guide to Central Arizona Granite
Phoenix Rock II: Rock Climbing Guide to Central Arizona Granite
by Greg Opland
Edition: Paperback
21 used & new from $19.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book ROCKS!, March 20, 2007
The definitive guide to Central Az. rockclimbing! Building on previous volumes by Jim Waugh, Greg Opland has raised the bar, and taken this guide to new heights. With development threatening many areas in this guidebook, this may well be the last chance to get the 'full scoop' on some of the best winter rockclimbing in the USA! Well written and illustrated, outlying areas have been included once again to help those with a thirst for exploration of some of the fine outlying climbing spots near the Phoenix metropolitan area. This book wins handsdown over the one sheet guides as well as the falcon press 'best of' guides.

Anxiously awaiting this authors effort on a guide to the Supersition Wilderness (if he ever does one!)
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The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.40
306 used & new from $0.42

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The depths of a father's love for his son, February 15, 2007
This review is from: The Road (Hardcover)
At first it started out a bit strange, albeit slow. Intially, I thought it was a novel about a homeless father and son (partially correct), then I started picking up on the subtle clues as to what has happened to civilization.

McCarthy takes you slowly at first. There was a bit of a huh? moment towards the start, but the repetition, the futility of the character's day to day existence, draw the reader in. I found myself blasting through page after page.. "What next?" what's going to happen now!?

These could be stories of modern day refugees in Darfur, Iraq, etc: Very appropo to the times we live in! I read it on the plane today, and upon retuning (after they were already in bed asleep) immediately went upstairs and kissed my two sleeping sons on their foreheads and gave thanks.

A very powerful read on the will to survive, of a parents love for his child and perserverance.

Best line:

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Man: "Just remember, the things you put into your head are there forever, you might want to think about that"

Boy: "You forget some things, dont you?"

Man: "Yes, you forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget."

Definitely shades of 'On the Beach' here as well, thought provoking. Have to agree with one other reviewer about the 'fish' reference at the end though.. I was like 'wtf'? I get the tie in, but at the same time, seems a bit out of context with respect to the rest of the story.

This is the first Cormac Mccarthy book I've read, so this is an honest review by someone who is definitely not a 'fanboy'.


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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised (a cool gadget), March 3, 2006
This is one of the 'only' usb wi-fi adapters that currently supports Mac OS X.

For folks that have aging apple hardware (older powerbooks, ibooks, iMacs etc;) its nice to have a working/supported solution out there!

Instructions aren't exactly straightforward, but the software/drivers for Mac OS X can be downloaded directly from the ZyXEL website.


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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cat Stop WORKS!, March 15, 2005
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I was skeptical at first, but we installed two

of these in our backyard (urban, phx metro area)

no cats...! in fact, we haven't even had to

put new batteries in the units, since the

cats have been conditioned to stay away

(pavolvian respsonse? :-)

Recommended, these things *DO* work, no more

cat c**p to clean up anymore


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